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This man took offense to some of Cole’s abrasive Born Sinner rhymes.

Gender roles, and more specifically, the homosexual/homophobic conversation in hip-hop is possibly more prevalent than the music itself at times. The fine line between dissent and disrespect is trampled upon daily by people of all races and sexual orientations, and on J. Cole‘s highly anticipated Born Sinner album, a perfect example is brought to the attention of the masses. In the opening phases of Cole’s captivating introductory song, “Villuminati”, the NC native raps:


Fake n***** get sprayed up
My verbal AK slay f*****s
And I don’t mean no disrespect whenever I say f****t, okay f****t
Don’t be so sensitive
If you want to get f****d in the a**
That’s between you and whoever else’s d*** it is
Pause, maybe that line was too far
Just a little joke to show how homophobic you are

-J. Cole

We’re pretty sure you can make out which curse words are which, and then it becomes rather easy to see how one could be offended by the Roc Nation star’s vernacular. One journalist, Musa Okwonga, penned an open letter to J. Cole detailing the many ways Cole went wrong in his interpretation of homosexual acts, among other things, including his outright political in-correctness. Read an excerpt of the letter below, and click here to read the entire piece.

-Khari Nixon (@KingVanGogh)

Mr. Cole, two things are almost entirely certain about this letter to you. The first is that you will not read it. The second is that you will not care. As a result, I have decided to write it merely for the record. The truth is, of course, that two gay men having sex is absolutely no threat to your career. What is a far greater threat to your career, at present, is the pressure to produce outstanding material in the lull helpfully provided by the absence of Jay Electronica. That should be the greatest focus of your attention.
-Musa Okwonga